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Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate Grown Block 9 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Rather subdued on the nose with deep, plummy black cherry jam notes. This is rich, chewy and powerful in the mouth, if a touch soft. There is a lot of weight and dry extract here but the flavors -- earthy and very gentle spicy -- are rather restrained and balanced. Shocked to see the alcohol. The finish is soft, chewy and lush. This is a mouth-filling wine with great balance and surprising restraint that really shows it best on the long, black-fruited and black-spiced finish. 90pts

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Ballentine Vineyards:
Ballentine Vineyards focuses on red varietals; Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Each vineyard supports our belief that it is vital to grow only those varieties that are best suited to particular aspects of the land; soil, exposure and climate. The grapes used for our wines are all 100% estate grown on 100 acres, from three distinct vineyards in the Napa Valley. Van Ballentine personally manages each vineyard.

Editorial Reviews for Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley Estate Grown Block 9

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,796
4.00 5
01/28/2011

Rather subdued on the nose with deep, plummy black cherry jam notes. This is rich, chewy and powerful in the mouth, if a touch soft. There is a lot of weight and dry extract here but the flavors -- earthy and very gentle spicy -- are rather restrained and balanced. Shocked to see the alcohol. The finish is soft, chewy and lush. This is a mouth-filling wine with great balance and surprising restraint that really shows it best on the long, black-fruited and black-spiced finish. 90pts


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Snooth User: Klh
30196517
3.00 5
03/07/2012

Three glasses


Snooth User: rreichert
30553412
0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 08/01/2008

Smoth and pretty, with coffee, cola, dark plum, toast, smoke and spice flavors that leave a bright, fresh finish on the palate. Lively throughout the long finish. 88 Points




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